archangel mat

Peter Franks
Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:57:45 PST
Hi Jim & Peter

The reference to Archangel may come from the name of a northern region of
Russia called Arkhangelskaya Oblast which has a coastline on the Arctic
Ocean. The capital of this region we know as Archangel [Arkhangelsk in

Do lime trees grow that far north?

Peter in Sydney

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Sent: Wednesday, 12 February 2014 9:45 AM
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Subject: Re: [pbs] archangel mat

it is a mat for protecting frames from frost in spring, it measures 5 feet
by 8 feet. see here, page 94…
Peter (UK)

On 11 February 2014 22:30, Peter Taggart <> wrote:

> A *mat*, made in Russia, from the inner bark of Lime trees, used for
> covering garden *frames* to keep out frost. *...* Greenhouse *plants* of
> slender growth, with brightly-coloured, funnel-shaped *flowers* in
> summer; they are suitable in cultivation in *...*
> On 11 February 2014 22:13, Jim McKenney <>wrote:
>> Can anyone tell me what an archangel mat is? I ran across the term in a
>> British gardening book published in the early 1950s: the way the author
>> wrote, it seems that by that time they were already becoming uncommon.
>> were recommended for covering cold frames in severe weather.
>> Is the term an old generic term for some sort of floor mat?

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